Gambling Related Harm APPG Outlines 2020 Vision

The Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group (GRH APPG) outlined its 2020 plan, as it aims to work to reduce the harm associated with gambling.

Carolyn Harris MP has been re-electedas Group Chair. Also elected as Group Vice-Chairs were the Rt Hon Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP, Ronnie Cowan MP, Lord Foster and Sammy Wilson MP, reiterating the cross-party support for the group.

MP Carolyn Harris declared: “I am delighted to have been re-elected Chair of the GRH APPG. Gambling related harm is an issue that is very close to my heart and one I am extremely passionate about.

“The APPG is not anti-gambling, we support a safe and sustainable industry. Our primary concern is to continue to champion the cause for better regulation and we are determined that all parts of the industry should operate openly, fairly and in a way that does not prey on vulnerable people.”

The APPG has announced that in the coming months it would be releasing its final report, which follows on from an interim document released in November. The group has already called for industry-wide reforms including a £2 cap on the online slot stake and a Gambling Commission overhaul.

The Group agreed that it would now work to ensure that the remaining proposals outlined in its report were also actively pursued including limits on online staking rates, on gambling advertisements and the proposed’ smart’ levy to fund research, education and care.

The APPG plans to meet with both the Gambling Commission and Gambling Minister Helen Whatley in its approach, asking that they both contribute to the final report of the APPG.

The committee will also hold evidentiary sessions this year to offer recommendations to the Gambling Review that the government is expected to conduct before the new Gambling Act.

Proof sessions should discuss all facets of the harm in the industry, including areas such as the age level for buying scratch cards, gambling standardisation, gambling ads, and sport’ gambling.’